A longtime businessman known for his community service and for running the long-standing Redmon Funeral Home, he will be remembered as a gentleman, a great family man and a compassionate funeral director.
“All the qualities that he had at the funeral, he had as a father,” Keith Redmon said of his father. Bruce C Redmonwho died on November 1st. “He was all about taking care of people.”
He was born on October 10, 1940 in Urbana, Illinois, grew up in Syracuse, New York and moved to Silver Lake in 1955. Redmon graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1957 and from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1961.
On November 4, 1961, Bruce married Lou-Ann, his wife of 61 years. They established the Redmon Funeral Home in Stow in February 1968.
Redmon has been involved in numerous community groups and activities. He has been a member of the Stow Men’s Garden Club, Stow Masonic Lodge, the Summit County Funeral Directors Association as past President, the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association. He was also a past President of the Stow Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce, and has been a sponsor/coach in Stow Boys’ Baseball, a member of the Stow Munroe Falls Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow) and a charter member of the Stow Schools Foundation.
“Bruce has been an integral part of the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce since he started his business in Stow in 1968,” said Julie McLain, executive director of the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce. “We are grateful to have had his leadership in the earlier years of the Chamber and are committed to continuing his legacy of leadership through scholarships for students of Chamber members through the President’s Club Scholarship Fund.”
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In addition, Redmon started and served as the chairman of Stow’s annual Civic Pride Week, which began in the 1970s.
In addition to Redmon Funeral Home, Redmon was instrumental in founding The GriefCare Place in Stow, an organization providing bereavement support and counseling.
“The GriefCare Place would not exist without Bruce Redmon,” said Becky Costello Bulgrin, the organization’s executive director. “His memory will be burned into our hearts and minds forever. As the husband of our founding director, Lou-Ann Redmon, Bruce has provided behind-the-scenes support throughout our 25 years as a provider of free grief counseling. Through his lifelong commitment to serving the bereaved, Bruce lived his faith as a servant leader and touched the hearts and lives of countless men, women and children in our area.”
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Doris Mong Stewart, the former executive director of the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce, said Redmon was missing.
“Bruce was loved by everyone,” Stewart said, adding that he was “a wonderful, community-minded businessman and friend to everyone.”
Redmon was preceded in death by his parents, Carl F. and Ihleen L. Redmon, and his sister, Dianne Kinslow. In addition to his wife, son Keith Redmon and Keith’s wife Catherine of Stow, Bruce Redmon is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Kevin and Pam of Lawrenceville, Georgia; grandchildren, Alyssa (Todd) Slagle of Atlanta, Georgia, Jacob of Stow, Craig (Katie) of Hoschton, Georgia, and Sydney (Ryan) Roush of Fairborn, Ohio; Great-grandchildren Allison and Harper Redmon, Connor Slagle and Jackson Roush.
Keith Redmon said he and his family are grateful for the community’s response.
“The comments from people on Facebook have been overwhelming,” he said. “The words I often saw to describe him were ‘gentle’ and ‘gentleman’. He was always smiling and happy to see you. That made him a great undertaker. He was welded into a great funeral home. It also made him a great father and husband.”
Redmon said his father told him years ago that he would like to be remembered for his service, citing Psalm 112.
“He served his purpose, he did what God told him to do,” Redmon said. “That was the most important thing to him.”
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